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University of Tasmania Prize

Entries for the 2015 Premier's Literary Prizes have now closed.

For all the shortlists for the 2015 Premier's Literary Prizes visit

For the longlists visit

Nominated works for the University of Tasmania Prize are expected to be:

  • over 20 000 words, or
  • a collection of poems, essays, short stories, or
  • playscripts over an hour in duration when read aloud.

Nominated works should be ready for publication. They should be edited and proof-read before submission.

Conditions of entry


  1. A Tasmanian writer is defined as one who is ordinarily resident in Tasmania.
  2. Entrants must have met but not exceeded the following publication/performance requirements:

A. One professionally published manuscript. This may be:

  • a full-length work (i.e. novel, children's book, graphic novel, book length work of literary non-fiction) or 
  • a collection (i.e. short stories, literary non-fiction essays, poems) 
orB. Five to ten short works of fiction or literary non-fiction in professional literary journals, anthologies, general national magazines or major newspapersorC. One playscript published or professionally produced.
  1. The manuscript must not be under contract for publication at the time of nomination.
  2. Manuscripts for long works should not have been previously published. If submitting a collection, no more than 20% of stories or poems can have been individually published in reputable journal, magazines or publications.
  3. Manuscripts submitted may be works of non-fiction or fiction for adults or children, graphic novels, work of poetry or playscripts.
  4. If the judges decide that a manuscript does not meet the criteria, copies of the manuscript will be returned and the entry fee will be refunded. 
  5. The decision of Arts Tasmania regarding eligibility is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The author must be living on the date of entry.
  7. Shortlisted authors may be required for press interviews and promotional purposes before and after the announcement of the prizes.
  8. Shortlisted authors must make themselves available to participate in the Premier's Literary Prizes shortlist announcement event expected to be in held in September 2015 and the winners' announcement events in late 2015.
  9. Authors may submit more than one manuscript but each one must be submitted on a separate entry form.
  10. Authors entering manuscripts for the University of Tasmania Prize may also be eligible to enter published their previous book for the Tasmania Book Prize or the Margaret Scott Prize and may also to nominate for the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  11. Shortlisted authors agree to allow Arts Tasmania to reproduce and disseminate an excerpt from the manuscript for promotional purposes.


  1. A panel of three judges, selected by Arts Tasmania, will judge the entries for both the University of Tasmania Prize and the Tasmanian Young Writer's Fellowship.
  2. Arts Tasmania has the right to request copies of published works as support material when considering if the manuscript is eligible.
  3. All decisions are final and no discussion or correspondence shall be entered into regarding the judging process.

Breach of conditions of entry will render an entry invalid.

Shortlist and announcement events

The shortlists for the prizes will be announced at the opening of the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival at Hadley's Orient Hotel in Hobart at 6pm on Friday, 11 September 2015.

The winners of the prizes will be announced at a gala event at Government House in Hobart on Wednesday, 2 December 2015.

Shortlisted authors and partners will be invited to the awards announcement functions and it is expected that shortlisted authors will participate in these events.